A few weeks back it was announced that Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for his critically acclaimed album DAMN. In a ceremony at New York City’s Columbia University, Kendrick became the first hip hop artist to win a Pulitzer, which measures excellence in journalism and music.

Administrator Dana Canedy had this to say about the award:

“We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to. The best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers.”

Kendrick didn’t speak during his acceptance, but later in his Variety cover story he spoke about the award:

“It’s an honor. I’ve been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition. It’s beautiful.”

Watch the full clip below and you can download DAMN. now on Apple Music/Google Play.